TOP 5 AUTUMN SUN DESTINATIONS

If our remarkable summer heat wave has given you a taste for the sun, it might be time to look abroad to find the best locations for soaking up some rays. For many people, autumn is the ideal time to travel since it not only avoids the school holiday peak prices, but also lets you enjoy summer at home in its entirety before migrating off to warmer pastures. If you're planning on chasing the sun this season, have a look at this pick of the top 5 destinations worldwide for autumn holidays. 


MOROCCO

The bustling city of Marrakech is one of the most vibrant in North Africa. Travellers arriving later in the year will be rewarded with a much more forgiving sun, bypassing the exhausting heat that hits in summer. You can check out the fascinating souks around the Medina, practise your climbing skills in the nearby Atlas Mountains, and sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert.

CYPRUS

Even in autumn, temperatures on this Mediterranean Island can soar to over 30° Celsius. As well as picture-perfect views, you can enjoy delicious local cuisine, spotless beaches, and some of the best wreck diving sites in the world. 

EGYPT

Best visited after the oppressive heat of the summer, Egypt is still hot in the autumn, but manageably so. Stop by the popular Sharm el-Sheikh on the Red Sea coast to enjoy fantastic nightlife as well as breathtaking views of the Sinai Desert. If you're heading to this stylish coastal town, check out the range of Resort swimwear at isme.com for chic bikinis and swimsuits to wear while lounging on golden sands. 


CROATIA

Ever-growing in popularity, the coastal capital city Dubrovnik now sees hundreds of cruise ship guests flooding the walled Old Town each day. Avoid the crowds by visiting in autumn, when you'll get the space and freedom to explore the beautiful beaches and ancient architecture in peace. 

MAURITIUS

These beautiful Indian Ocean islands are perfect for some chilled-out beach time, famed around the world for spa treatments, luxury hotels, and plenty of water sport activities for more energetic types. Mauritian weather peaks in October, so make the most of the weeks before school half-term to head out and enjoy a tropical climate, unspoilt beaches, and warm azure waters.

THE HOLIDAY CAPSULE WARDROBE

There are very few people in the world that actually enjoy packing, and let’s face it; those people are a little weird. For most, packing is an unfortunate necessity that accompanies taking a trip or going on holiday. If you are anything like the majority of the population you are likely to leave your packing to the last minute possible, throw in a collection of anything that is clean and reach your destination with ten vest tops and only one pair of knickers. 

Packing evangelists will tell you that the key is in the preparation and that you need to make a list, pack and then repack your bag to make sure that you have everything that you need. But who on earth has the time for that? You can pack for a holiday quickly and easily by sticking to a few key items. Your holiday is not the time to rediscover that dress you haven’t worn since you were 16, or wear in a brand new pair of shoes on the dance floor in a club abroad. You can find an outfit for just about any occasion from a small summer holiday capsule 

MAXI DRESSES
Maxi dresses are fantastic, and in warm climates often keep you cooler that short skirts and dresses because of the billowy fabric and shade beneath. If you don’t already own one, or you’d like a new one for your holiday take a look at George's maxi dresses for some wonderful styles at great prices. Maxis are fab for wearing out to dinner in the evenings as well as for a touch of class when perusing the shops. 


SWIM WEAR
Whether you prefer a bikini, a one-piece or a tankini, the one thing you are sure to need on a summer sun holiday is swimwear. Take a few sets, and wash worn ones in the sink between wears if you are staying a while. These take up very limited bag space so don’t worry about packing an extra or two. Take swimsuits that you feel fabulous in and you will shine at the 



SUNNIES
One pair of sunnies, and only one pair. You will not need anymore than a pair on your face or in your bag. You can’t wear two pairs at once, there is no fear of them getting dirty and needing to go through the washing machine, so find a pair you love and remain faithful to 
them for the duration of the holiday. 


SHORTS & TOPS
Take a couple of pairs of neutral shorts so that you can mix and match what tops you can pair them with. You can wear these during the day or out partying in the evening, depending on what you wear them with and how you accessorise. Shorts are perfect for a quick transition from day to night wear so you don’t have to change before hitting the cocktails. Pack a mixture of a few day tops and a few fancier evening ones.

Pack smart, but don’t get hung up on lists and packing etiquette. Even those that pack perfectly will probably only wear half of the things they take. Go for comfort; with a few things you could wear out for a meal and that will be your holiday look sorted. Bon voyage!

Fashion Design Icons: Donna Karan and DKNY

Donna Karan is one of the US’s best loved and celebrated fashion designers. Her label, DKNY (which stands for ‘Donna Karan, New York’) was founded in 1989 and in 2001 it was bought by Louis Vuitton. DKNY collections are stocked at the eponymous store in New York and around 70 other stores throughout the world, including the UK, Denmark Canada, Dubai and China as well as globally online. Harrods also stocks DKNY along with other prestigious designer names. 

DKNY gives its name to womenswear, accessories, shoes, underwear (under the sub-label named DKNY Intimates and DKNY Underwear), clothing for babies and children (DKNY Juniors, DKNY Kids and DKNY Baby), make-up and skincare, and homeware (DKNY Home and DKNY LIFE). Men can shop DKNY Jeans (also available for women), underwear, watches and glasses. 


Her key womenswear pieces are still rooted in her 1985 concept of ‘Seven Easy Pieces,’ a predecessor of the capsule wardrobe we know and love today. Designed with professional women in mind, DKNY developed a combination of jackets, skirts (long and short), trousers, scarves and a bodysuit, all in blacks and greys and made from cashmere and jersey materials, which could be put together in any ensemble. This would enable women to buy these key pieces and create a different look for every day of the working week without breaking the bank.


Donna Karen was also responsible for bringing opaque black tights – so flattering and so versatile – into the marketplace, and of course black leggings. Both of these were counted as key elements of the ‘Seven Easy Pieces’ collection and both are still worn by millions of women because of how well they co-ordinate with other items of clothing and how easy, comfortable and becoming they are. 

DKNY’s history of creating highly wearable, sleek and chic designs that can be worn for casual, work or more glamorous occasions has continued throughout the decades. Her designs have featured numerous times at major Hollywood awards ceremonies and on the cover of Vogue worn by several A-list celebrities. Her fragrances, packaged in elegant glass spheres, are one of the most popular brands in the US and UK.
Donna Karan’s style is and always has been about functional yet stylish and flattering clothing for women who want to look good but who don’t want to spend all their time in the morning rifling through their wardrobe for an outfit. The brand’s womenswear draws attention to feminine curves and away from problem areas. 

If you buy any Donna Karan piece, you will instantly acquire a classic that will always look modern however long you keep it. There were many great fashion designers in the 20Karan is one of only a few who is still alive and continuing to give rise to beautiful collections well into the 21st.